In this wide-ranging podcast, Performance Physical Therapy CEO Dr. Michelle Collie and physical therapist Dr. Rob Gruttadauria – whose peers voted for him to be Performance Physical Therapy’s 2017 Employee of the Year – kick off the new year by discussing his childhood growing up playing basketball in West Greenwich to his New Year’s running resolution to his tips on how to be safe and successful as you head back to the gym this January.

As a middle- and high-school student in West Greenwich, Dr. Rob Gruttadauria started exercising hard after seeing the emphasis his mother and sisters put on working out. In the basketball off-season before his senior year season, though, a tough workout program ended up injuring his back, putting his final season at risk. But with the help of a physical therapist, Dr. Gruttadauria was able to get back on the court for his senior year and end strong.

The experience was such a positive one – and an example of how he could mix a fun environment with fitness and rehab – that Dr. Gruttadauria went on to get an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a graduate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island. He’s been with Performance Physical Therapy as a physical therapist ever since. Last year, he became clinical director of the Providence Seekonk Street location, overseeing the location’s most successful year yet.